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Sen. Angus King (I-ME) says he may switch to the GOP caucus after the mid-term election - presumably if the Republicans take over the Senate or come close enough where King's vote could push them into the majority. A friend of mine wrote in to ask if this didn't make King look a bit silly and whether it might not cause him problems with both Senate caucuses.

Yes, to silly. No, to damage with either party since both may soon need him. But the bigger deal is that I just don't think this threat is credible.

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It's official: Colbert to replace Letterman.

I will say that I couldn't be happier that Colbert is taking over for Letterman, though I understand some had hoped (quite reasonably) that perhaps the time had come for a female entrant into the top-tier late night slots. One thought I have though is that I feel like coming out of character might be a bigger adjustment than people imagine.

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Krauthammer tells Republicans it's time to let go, move on from Benghazi. Watch.

The hopes, the dreams, the blue Benghazi ribbon avatars on twitter. Letting go is hard.

Duck Dynasty stars helped Vance McAllister get elected to Congress - now apparently helping on with relationship advice and crisis management/messaging.

Yesterday a New Jersey state judge ruled that - by a legal reasoning I still don't quite fathom - Gov. Christie's key BridgeGate aides don't have to turn over documents because it violates their 5th Amendment rights. It had always been my understanding that except for the narrowest of circumstances, the 5th protects you against testifying against yourself, not turning over probative documents in an investigation. But whatever the merits, the judge has spoken. And what that likely means - though no one has quite said so yet - is that the New Jersey state legislative investigation is probably over. There's just not much more they can do if they can't compel the key players to turn over more documents.

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Huckabee: Men like to hunt and fish together; “Women like to go to the restroom with other women.”

Rep. Vince McAllister has decided not to ask the FBI to blow the lid of his own scandal after all. Sounds like a good call - especially when you may have put your mistress on the government payroll. These non-criminal indiscretions tend to turn into crimes once the Feds take a hard look.

Old time TPM writes in ...

TPM NAP ROOM? Makes me feel like a grandparent regaling the children about how many miles he used to walk to school, but back when I was a TPM reporter, I worked in a walkup apartment that was overrun with mice, the AC strained to keep you from sweating through your shirt in the summer months, and when I felt a little drowsy, I just asked an intern to slap me across the face. AND WE LIKED IT THAT WAY.

In our institutional defense, the office was only overrun by a single mouse. But when he died in the wall, I'll admit, that was pretty bad.

I've been a little surprised at how relatively little thought GOP politicians and policy wonks seem to have given to living in a world in which Obamacare is successful and not going anywhere. 'Successful' of course is a very relative term. I don't expect Republicans to be cheering its awesomeness any time soon. But for the purposes of this discussion - functioning and creating a substantial constituency of people who have health care or have reduced cost and improved coverage because of Obamacare. We quickly seem to be moving in that direction, as evidenced by Republicans now insisting that repeal is no longer credible without an alternative that provides some version of the benefits and expanded care provided by Obamacare. Sahil Kapur looks at how conservative policy wonks are struggling to acclimate to the fact that the ACA appears to be here to stay.